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SHEPHERDS BURNING OUT SHOULDERING BURDENS

Andrew Stoecklein and family Shepherds are an endangered species in North America. The women and men who accepted a call to shepherd congregations through their valleys of the shadow of death have broad shoulders. But even the best are falling prey to deadly burdens. Burdens they often bear alone. Jim Howard, lead pastor of the Valencia campus of the more than 6,000 member Real Life Church in California fatally shot himself in the head at home on January 23rd, 2019. His associates didn’t hear his pain. This post is for Pastors. And their families. And the people they pastor and those who lead with them. Shepherds' Struggles Pastor Ted Parker, 42, of Macon, Ga., died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound…
Jones Bob
February 3, 2019
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THE BELICHICK WAY

Its hard to argue with success but when it comes to Bill Belichick there are a foolish few who have been known to take on the task. Over his 44 year career, Belichick has the most playoff wins among all active professional football coaches. Additionally, he has a record five Super Bowl wins (and rings). He is the only NFL coach to win three of four Super Bowls in four years. He is widely considered as one of, if not the greatest coach in NFL history. #GOAT His insights can help any coach, leader or achiever think straight and position themselves for consistent success. The Power Of Leadership #1. Good players can’t overcome bad coaching. Team performance is leadership’s responsibility.…
Jones Bob
February 3, 2019
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GOLIATH MUST FALL

David and Goliath are seen as the classic underdog story. The message take away from the account is that if we try hard enough we can overcome. Anything. Of any size. But that’s the wrong message. Giants That Make You Miserable Just as in David’s day, giant-sized threats will come against you to torment you and make you miserable. Giants like: Fear. Rejection. Anger. Addiction. Comfort. I get stuck on comfort. How could comfort be a giant? (Spoiler alert: Answer to follow.) Goliath Must Fall Louis Giglio in his book, Goliath Must Fall, identifies six giants and encourages you not to allow giants to have power in your life. And he points out that you are not David in the…
Jones Bob
January 30, 2019
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EVERYBODY ALWAYS: LOVE ACCORDING TO BOB

I’ve spent my life trying to make faith easy. The truth is, it’s not. What I am trying to do now is make my faith simple. Women and men with simple faith are rivers, not reservoirs. They receive love and give it away. All. Of. It. Nothing held in reserve for a dry day. Bob Goff, a recovering lawyer and philanthropist boiled simple faith down to two words: everybody, always. I had lunch with Bob a few years ago, learned about his first book, Love Does and read it through. Changed my life. He gave me a vision for what can happen in a person’s life when they say “yes” to God and become devoted to giving love away. I…
Jones Bob
January 27, 2019
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PAINFUL MOMENTS AND MIRACLES: DANIELLE’S STORY

There’s going to be very painful moments in your life that will change your entire world in a matter of minutes. These moments will change you. Cry. Scream if you have to. But let them make you stronger, smarter and kinder. And lean into faith for a miracle. Answered Prayer Danielle Martin understands how a moment can change a life. She was diagnosed with PCOD (polycycstic ovary disease) and was told it would be next to impossible to get pregnant without medical intervention. Her and her partner Chad Dopson's first miracle was named Caitlyn. After holding on to hope, trying for 14 years to get pregnant a second time, and suffering a miscarriage, Danielle and Chad had their prayers answered.…
Jones Bob
January 23, 2019
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11 LIFELONG BENEFITS OF GENEROSITY

Everything you have in your life is a gift from God. If God was not generous you would have nothing. Your heart would stop beating. Right now. God is a generous God. He gives you air, sunshine, a mind to think and everything else in your life. All are sheer gifts from God. Even the ability to earn is a gift from God. And God wants you to learn to be like Him. Key Words Do a study of the key words of the Bible. The word “believe” – we all know that’s important – is used 272 times in the Bible. Pray. That’s an important word.  “Pray” is used in the Bible 371 times. The word “love” is obviously…
Jones Bob
January 4, 2019
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BIBLE READING PEACE PLAN JANUARY 2019

This is the Bible reading plan for January 2019. Peace from putting God first. The daily passages address a perspective on putting God first in your life and trusting his provision for your life. The passages encourage generosity and humility. 1 Chronicles 29:11,12 - "...everything in heaven and on earth is yours...wealth and honor come from you; you are the ruler of all things." 2 Corinthians 9:6 - "...whoever sows generously will also reap generously." Proverbs 3:9 - "Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the firstfruits..." Proverbs 11:24,25 - "One person gives freely, yet gains even more; another withholds it unduly, but comes to poverty. A generous person will prosper; who ever refreshes others will himself be refreshed." Philippians…
Jones Bob
January 3, 2019
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TWO TEARS ON THE WINDOW

Reading Kevin and Julia Garratt’s experiences in Chinese captivity left me feeling nauseous. The story of their arrest, captivity, grueling interrogations, and intense suffering over 775 days is chronicled in such a way as to create a vicarious experience. This is one book you will need to read in 2019. Whatever your circumstance, the Garratt’s vulnerability, honesty, faith, and humor will resonate with your spirit. “Tears formed. Not from exhaustion, loneliness or plaguing physical pain. These were good tears. Tears of release. I’d waited 775 days for these wonderful tears!” (p. 266) Kevin and Julia worked in China for 30 years and raised their family there. They loved the Chinese. Assisting with education, humanitarian work, Christian social enterprises and a…
Jones Bob
January 2, 2019
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THE BEST LAID PLANS: WICKED STRONG

It is the summer of 1996. I am 42 years old, have a great job as a speech/language pathologist, and a wonderful family. My summer plans are chalk full...starting a Masters degree, directing two camps for Teen Time (a ranch program for teens), and a family vacation. Laurie Harrison is a wife, mom, grandmother and cancer fighter. She is part of the inspiration behind North Pointe Strong - Supporting the Fighters. This is her story. Not In My Plans But… Why is there always a “but?” After a routine mammogram, my doctor diagnosed breast cancer. That was not on my list of summer activities. Oh well, I would have the mastectomy, rest for a few days, do my university courses, and…
Jones Bob
January 2, 2019
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38 INSIGHTS ABOUT WEALTH

Wealth 38 Biblical Insights About Wealth 1. God is the owner of everything you have. Psalm 50:10,11 2. You are a trustee, manager, steward of 100% of what God entrusts to you during your lifetime. Matthew 25:14-31 3. God provides for you and prospers you so that you can share with others. 2 Corinthians 9:8 4. God sees the size of your gifts. Mark 12:41-44 5. Every good thing you have came from God. James 1:7 6. Refuse to become selfish about what God has entrusted to you. Mark 8:36 7. Give in proportion to how much God has blessed you materially. Mark 12:44; Acts 11:29 8. God has works for you to do during your lifetime on earth. 1…
Jones Bob
January 2, 2019